The 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is shaping up to be an exciting clash for vendor supremacy between three powerhouses of the New Zealand breeding industry.
Leading vendor honours were once exclusively the domain of Cambridge Stud and then more recently Waikato Stud, but this year those two are set to be joined by Curraghmore in a three-way battle. All three vendors will hit Karaka with drafts brimming with both quantity and quality.
Karaka Graduate Savaria (NZ) In Form With Wellington Cup Win
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017
With a half-brother catalogued for the Select Sale, high-class Karaka graduate Savaria (NZ) (Savabeel) made a timely and welcome return to top form when she scored a stirring win in Saturday’s $250,000 Group 3 Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup (3200m) at Trentham.
The winner of the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at the same track in March 2015, Savaria had picked up just one win in 17 subsequent starts. But luck has not always been on her side, and she always gave the impression that a breakthrough performance was not far away. Saturday was that day.
Karaka Graduate Ecuador (NZ) Claims Third Stakes Win
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017
In-form Karaka graduate Ecuador (NZ) (High Chaparral), who also has a half-sister catalogued for Karaka 2017, carried on his winning way with a stylish performance in Saturday’s A$150,000 Listed Tattersalls Club Carrington Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
The seven-year-old gelding has now won four of his last five starts, three of them at stakes level. He had previously won the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) and McKell Cup (2400m).
Freshman Sires Make National Yearling Sales Series Debut
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
Karaka 2017 will showcase the first yearling crops of 18 exciting new sires from throughout Australasia.
Camelot retired to Coolmore Stud as one of the Irish powerhouse’s finest racetrack flag-bearers, winning six of his 10 starts including the Group 1 English Derby, Irish Derby, English 2000 Guineas and Racing Post Trophy. He commands a service fee of 35,000 euros in Ireland, and he formerly shuttled to Coolmore’s Australian base.
Karaka 2017 to Showcase the Cream of the Australasian Sire Crop
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
All of the biggest names in New Zealand and Australia’s sire ranks will be represented in force at the upcoming 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka.
Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel had a boomer of a Sale in 2016, amassing an aggregate of $11.545 million in the Premier session alone. Last season’s champion sire in terms of domestic, Australasian and worldwide earnings, and the leading sire again so far in 2016-17, Savabeel will again be represented by an impressive crop of 64 yearlings in the Premier catalogue.
New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2017 National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka has impressive depth with a large quantity of siblings and progeny of Group 1 winners.
For the second consecutive year, the National Yearling Sales Series will present a full-sibling to the winner of one of Australia’s richest and most prestigious races. Last year it was a full-brother to the Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance (NZ) (Pentire). In 2017 it will be a full-brother to Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel), who was a dominant winner of the A$4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney in April. That was her third Group 1 win, having previously claimed the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) and Turnbull Stakes (2000m). The star mare’s full-brother will be offered by Blandford Lodge and will go through the ring as Lot 429.
Half-Brother to She Brings Joy (NZ) at Karaka 2017
Sunday, Jan 8, 2017
An impressive Group 2 win in the $100,000 Stella Artois Royal Stakes (2000m) made She Brings Joy (NZ) (Sebring) one of the stars of the recent Ellerslie Christmas carnival, and a half-brother to the exciting filly will go through the ring at Karaka 2017.
Throughout this season, She Brings Joy’s connections have made no secret of their high regard for the filly. But things had not gone her way early in her racing career and she was still a maiden after her first three starts.
Nevertheless, trainer Stephen Marsh had enough faith in the filly’s potential to follow the same path to the Royal Stakes that he took with former star fillies Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel), who ran second in 2014, and SofiaRosa (NZ) (Makfi), who won it last year.
One of the standout features of New Zealand Bloodstock’s upcoming National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka is the plethora of blue-blooded fillies on offer.
Quality fillies at Karaka is nothing new. A filly by Fastnet Rock out of Il Quello Veloce (NZ) (Captain Rio) topped the 2015 Premier Sale at $800,000, and the National Yearling Sales Series has been a springboard to stardom for many fillies in recent years such as Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel), Provocative (NZ) (Zabeel), Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi), Valley Girl (NZ) (Mastercraftsman), Costume (NZ) (Savabeel), Diademe (NZ) (Savabeel), First Seal (Fastnet Rock), Gust of Wind (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and many more.
High-class stayer Jacksstar (NZ) (Zed) took his career to new heights with a win in Sunday’s $100,000 Group 3 Hotel Coachman Manawatu Cup (2300m) at Awapuni, and a half-brother to the five-year-old will go through the ring at Karaka 2017.
Jacksstar had already won five races before Sunday including the Listed New Zealand St Leger (2500m), but Sunday’s defeat of a high-quality field at his home track of Awapuni was a new career highlight.
Karaka Graduate Lincoln Blue (NZ) Does It Again In Salver
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016
Exciting Savabeel colt Lincoln Blue (NZ), a graduate of the 2015 Premier Sale at Karaka and a full-brother to a yearling entered for the 2017 Sale, picked up his second consecutive stakes win when he claimed today’s $50,000 Listed Race 4 Life Salver (2100m) at Ellerslie.
Ridden by Masa Tanaka for trainer Lisa Latta, Lincoln Blue was handy throughout the race before kicking clear of his rivals in the home straight and scored a comfortable win by a length and a quarter.
Coldplay (NZ) Provides Massive Boost to Karaka Yearling’s Pedigree
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016
A full-sister to Coldplay (NZ) (Savabeel) will go through the ring at Karaka 2017, and the classy mare has given the yearling’s pedigree a massive boost with two stakes wins since the catalogues went to print.
Already a Group Three winner of the Eulogy Stakes (1600m) last season, Coldplay has gone to another level in this campaign with three wins from three starts. She won the Group 3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie two weeks ago, and today she carried on her winning way with a terrific performance in the $100,000 Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) at Te Rapa.
Full-sister to Group 3 winner Coldplay (NZ) at Karaka 2017
Sunday, Nov 27, 2016
High-class mare Coldplay (NZ) (Savabeel) picked up the second Group 3 win of her career when she won Saturday’s $70,000 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m) at Ellerslie, and she has a full-sister catalogued for the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka.
The result of Friday’s $70,000 Group 3 Lucia Valentina Wellington Stakes (1600m) at Otaki had Karaka significance on multiple levels – the winner Lincoln Blue (NZ) (Savabeel) is a graduate of the Premier Sale, and he also has a full-brother catalogued for Karaka 2017.
The Lisa Latta-trained runner was prominent throughout the race and put the pressure on a long way from home, powering clear under rider Masa Tanaka to beat the fast-finishing Rayas (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle) by a length and three-quarters. No Fuss Gus (NZ) (Savabeel) was third.
NZB National Yearling Sales Series Catalogues Online Now
Sunday, Nov 20, 2016
Brimming with quality, the catalogues for New Zealand Bloodstock’s 91st National Yearling Sales Series are available online now and will be in letterboxes from early December.
Karaka will burst to life in January, showcasing the finest thoroughbred horseflesh, paired with world class service and the best of kiwi hospitality. A combined 1347 yearlings are catalogued to be sold across six days in the Premier, Select and Festival Sales, commencing on Monday 30 January 2017.
The PREMIER SALE presents the very best the New Zealand industry has to offer. The centrepiece of the week, it features some of the world’s finest pedigrees and the progeny of a host of global powerhouse sires. Last year the Premier Sale featured the first yearling by the legendary Frankel to be sold at auction in the Southern Hemisphere, with the colt topping the Sale at $1.3 million. There are 465 yearlings entered for the Karaka 2017 Premier Sale, including another son of Frankel. The Sale will be conducted on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 January.
The SELECT SALE has become an elite session in its own right, the source of this season’s Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Ugo Foscolo (NZ) (Zacinto) along with two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor). It produced a total of five Group 1 winners last season, including Victoria Derby winner Tarzino (NZ) (Tavistock) and New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year and Australian Oaks heroine Sofia Rosa (NZ) (Makfi). This year’s Select Sale has 640 yearlings catalogued and will run from Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 February.
The FESTIVAL SALE has produced the likes of Group 1 winners Gaultier (NZ) (Rios) and Iamishwara (NZ) (Keeninsky) in recent seasons, with Gaultier going on to perform successfully in Hong Kong under the name Simply Invincible. There are 240 yearlings catalogued for this year’s Festival Sale, which will be held on Sunday 5 February.
Last season 20 Group 1 races were won by 15 individual Group 1 winning graduates of NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series. These Karaka alumni captured some of the most coveted races in Australasia – the Melbourne Cup, Emirates Stakes, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Victorian Derby, Australian Derby and Australian Oaks.
The National Yearling Sales Series has been the source of 82 Group 1 wins in the past four seasons - the most of any auction house in Australasia.
The Premier Sale attracts the cream of the yearling crop with the Karaka 2017 edition boasting a catalogue stacked with world-class pedigrees. It features siblings to 133 stakes winners and the progeny of 91 stakes-winning mares.
NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series offers an extensive selection of sires, both proven and young sires, from across the world. There are 127 sires represented in the Premier catalogue, including 14 first season sires.
At Karaka 2017, all yearlings offered at the National Yearling Sales Series are eligible for the Karaka Million Series which now includes two $1 million races. This crop of yearlings will be racing for the $1 million Karaka Million in 2018, the $1 million Karaka Million 3YO Classic in 2019, plus the $100,000 Karaka Stayers Cup from 2020 and each year thereafter.
KARAKA 2017 SCHEDULE
Karaka Million Twilight Meeting: Sunday 29 January
New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sales Series catalogues can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org or can be viewed online. For news and sales information from New Zealand Bloodstock visit www.nzb.co.nz.